Westfield Cinema

141 Central Avenue,
Westfield, NJ 07090

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The Westfield Cinema was your basic small town, no-style 1970’s twin theater. The screens were too small, the auditoriums were long and narrow and the seats weren’t particularly comfortable. Yet, the owners somehow got a steady stream of first-run hits to play there.

Those who grew up in the area have many fond memories of their darkened theaters: our first exposure to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" at a matinee, double date nights with "Body Heat" and scary midnight shows with "The Hills Have Eyes".

Doug Johnson recalls, "The first time I went to the theater it was with my mother to see a re-release of "Gone with the Wind". Shocked at the small size of the theater (especially for such a larger than life film), my mother insisted that it was located on the site of former shoe store. From then on, the theater became known to my family as the ‘Shoebox Cinemas’.

Evidently, the theater is now gone, as an article from the Westfied Leader in the 1990’s stated that a brokerage company had moved into the former site.

Contributed by Doug Johnson

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shany94
shany94 on May 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Pretty sure I saw “Battlestar Galactica” and “Throw Momma from the Train” here

ALLANF
ALLANF on January 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I saw Pipi in the South Seas Valley Girl and Yentl here

markp
markp on January 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I know it was open until at least Feb 1992 when I went with a long time friend to see a movie here before she moved out of state.

dbrower
dbrower on January 29, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Picture/address given are wrong; it was at 141 Central, in what is now a Smith-Barney office. Awful place, but it got the interesting things the Rialto wouldn’t. Only thing I recall seeing there was “Hair”, 1979

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